Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Watercolors Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey friends! I’m so excited to be included in the Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/Watercolors New Release Blog Hop. If you started the hop from the beginning then you would have come from Virginia Lu’s Blog. If you’re starting here, WELCOME! You can still make your way around the entire hop by clicking the link at the bottom of my post.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

For my first layout, I used the Watercolor Roses Stamp Set. I used multiple color inks to stamp the flowers and leaves. I then used the matching die set to cut out each of those images.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I used my Cricut to cut a design on a piece of 12×12 white cardstock and then backed the openings with yellow cardstock. I added yellow hand-stitching before I adhered those pieces of paper together. The hand-stitching added a lot of texture and a bit of dimension. I then tucked the stamped florals into the openings of the white cardstock.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I printed my photo as a large square and adhered it in the center of the white cardstock. I used the black alpha stickers from the Altenew Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection for the title. I had a bit of open space remaining on the photo and I wanted to add journaling to the photo, but wasn’t really sure on what words to use. Thankfully the Dotted Diamonds Stamp Set had the perfect sentiment! I stamped the words directly onto the photo with Altenew Black Crisp Permanent Ink. I added a sprinkling of enamel dots as a final touch.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

Now you can take a look at my process video!


12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

For my second layout, I used a light purple ink with the Dotted Diamonds Stamp Set and randomly stamped the large background stamp onto white cardstock. I then cut the word “Hello”from the Mega Hello Die with black cardstock multiple times. I stacked the words together to create dimension. I then staggered them down the page. I printed my photo as a large landscape. This is a photo of my childhood home where my parents still live. It’s where we all meet for get togethers. It’s where I just walk in without knocking because this will forever be home.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I used the Dotted Diamond Stamp Set to stamp the sentiment which also doubles as my journaling. It summed up my thoughts perfectly! I added the word “Home” using the Brush Alpha Die Set and black cardstock. I, again, stacked the letters on top of each other to create additional dimension.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

I used the Watercolor Roses Stamp Set and a masking technique [which you can see in the video below] to create my own floral die cuts for the layout. I added a few wood veneer hearts for the final touch.

12X12 scrapbook layout using Altenew's February 2020 Stamp & Die New Release

Now you can take a look at my process video!


GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by February 18, 2020 for a chance to win.

Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on February 21, 2020.


I have no doubt that you are finding inspiration on this blog hop and there still is more to come! Head to Svitlana Shayevich’s Blog to see what’s she’s created using this great new release!

This blog post contains affiliate links. This means I will receive a commission (at no cost to you) from items purchased from those links.

Blog Hop List:
Altenew Card Blog
Norine Borys
Kathy Racoosin
Erum Tasneem
Emily Midgett
Jaycee Gaspar
LauraJane
Laurie Willison
Caly Person
Lilith Eeckels
Kelly Griglione
Therese Calvird
Vicky Papaioannou
Maryam Perez
Keeway Tsao
Nicole Picadura
Amber Rain Davis
Reiko Tsuchida
Agnieszka Malyszek
Virginia Lu
Kelly Janes <<<< YOU ARE HERE
Svitlana Shayevich
Ashley Tucker
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Nathalie DeSousa
Isha Gupta
Jenny Colacicco
Zinia Redo
The Hedgehog Hollow
Kymona Tracey
Keren Baker
Sveta Fotinia
Lisa Spangler
Mindy Eggen
Jen Schow
Nicole Watt
Teri Wilson
Ashlea Cornell
Jennifer McGuire

How I Organize, Size & Print My Photos for The Happy Planner

The Classic Happy Planner has recently become my favorite way to document my photos. I use the planner as a weekly Project Life style album and I know that type of memory keeping can be intimidating. Staying on top of what photos to use, editing the photos and printing the photos can be a handful. Today I’m going to share a step-by-step tutorial on how I organize, edit, resize, and print my photos.

EDIT, ORGANIZE, PRINT

STEP 1: Locate your photos. I only use photos on my phone, so I go into my photo gallery and search the month & year I want to print. [I batch print my photos by printing an entire month at one time]. I then go through that particular month of photos; deleting the photos that have no meaning [screenshots] or photos that are duplicates.

Organizing, Editing & Transferring Photos from Your Phone to Your Computer.

STEP 2: Edit your photos. The PicMonkey App is what I like to use. It’s a quick & simple process. Just a few short clicks and done!

Organizing, Editing & Transferring Photos from Your Phone to Your Computer.

Organizing, Editing & Transferring Photos from Your Phone to Your Computer.

STEP 3: Move the photos to your computer. I have a PC so my photos from my iPhone do not automatically sync with my computer. To get the photos to my computer, I use the Dropbox app on my phone that automatically syncs with Dropbox on my computer. I create a folder for the month and save the photos to that folder. This way the photos stay organized and can be easily found on my PC. [I usually wait until the end of the month to edit all of my photos, but if that feels too time consuming to do it all at once then the photo editing and purging process could be done daily or weekly.]

Organizing, Editing & Transferring Photos from Your Phone to Your Computer.

STEP 4: Use a custom template in Photoshop to create clipping masks so your photos are sized appropriately for your planner. [See below for a step-by-step video & written tutorial on how to create this template that can be used repeatedly month after month.]

STEP 5: Print your photos.


PHOTOSHOP TEMPLATE

I use Photoshop CC so these steps may vary slightly depending on the version of Photoshop you use.

STEP 1: Open Photoshop.

STEP 2: Create a new 8.5 x 11″ document by going to File >>> New.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 3: Create new layer.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 4: Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool draw a rectangle that matches the size of your planner boxes. I use the Classic Happy Planner so my rectangle measures 1.5 x 2.4″.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 5: Go to Edit >>>Fill.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 6: Select a color to fill the rectangle. I prefer to use a dark color because it’s easier to recognize the rectangle placement on the document within the layers panel.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 7: Go to Select & click Deselect. Use the Move Tool to drag the rectangle to the top left corner.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Then go to the Layers Panel and Right Click on Layer 1 >>> Duplicate Layer. Use the Move Tool to arrange all the rectangles. You should be able to fit 20 rectangles onto the 8.5 x 11″ document. [Tip: I like to name my layers 1-20. I find it easier to keep the layers organized.]

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After you have the document filled with rectangles, you will want to save the document to your computer as a PSD File. This way you can just reopen the document each time you want to print photos for your Happy Planner. If you don’t save it as a PSD File then you will have to recreate steps 1-7 each month.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 8: Go to File>>>Place Embedded.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Select your photo that you want to insert into the template.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 9: Click Enter on your keyboard to deselect the photo. Then go to Layer >>> Create Clipping Mask [Shortcut: Alt+Ctrl+G].

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 10: Resize your photo by clicking Edit >>> Free Transform [Shortcut: Ctrl+T] on your keyboard.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

STEP 11: Click on the next layer in the Layers Panel and repeat steps 8 through 10 until all of the rectangles are filled with photos. After you have all of your photos placed, save the document to your computer as a JPEG. Open the JPEG and send to your printer.

Here’s an example of what a template looks like when it is filled with photos.

Customized Template in Photoshop to Resize Photos for the Classic Happy Planner.

Now you can take a look at a video that shows this same process in motion.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful! Do you use your Happy Planner as a Project Life style scrapbook? If you do, I’d LOVE to see your spreads! Tag me (@kelly.janes) on Instagram!

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